How to Fill Out Probate Forms

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Determine the forms you need. Different forms are available depending on the value of the estate and whether the deceased left a will. If the descendant is a minor, further forms must be filed. Your probate lawyer can help you determine which forms are suitable for your situation.

Download or retrieve the proper probate forms from the county in which the deceased lived at the time of death. Purchase them from the county circuit court's clerk or download them online at the clerk's website.

Complete the forms with an ink pen or by clicking on the appropriate empty boxes in online PDF files. Read each section carefully before you begin entering your information.

Sign the forms and mark them as "confidential" if they contain personal information, such as Social Security numbers or banking information.

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